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Top Features of Base Model
- Handsome styling
- Room for seven
- 3.5-liter engine (284 horsepower, 259 pound-feet torque)
- Front-wheel or all-wheel-drive
- Modern driver assistance packages available
- 6,000 pound towing capability
- Lacks Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
Nissan Pathfinder: Everything You Need to Know
About the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder:
The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder is a 7-seat, three-row SUV. The Pathfinder has been in Nissan showrooms since 1986. In that time, it’s grown from a compact SUV imported from Japan to a mid-size crossover produced in Smyrna, Tennessee.
The Pathfinder slots above the Nissan Murano and below the V8-powered Nissan Armada in Nissan’s lineup.
The Pathfinder was redesigned in 2015. At that time, it received Nissan’s curvy, highly stylized design and the signature “V-Motion” grille. It’s more feminine than previous versions, but still has handsome proportions.
The 2019 Pathfinder is the fourth generation and comes in front-wheel- and four-wheel-drive. All Pathfinders have a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 284 horsepower and 259 pound-feet of torque. It can tow up to 6,000 pounds.
Nissan expanded the availability of driver assist technologies for 2019 at a competitive price. However, it still does not support Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. This is a key missing piece in its competitive set.
It was a top safety pick from the IIHS and has won numerous awards from family-oriented magazines. The Pathfinder is a good buy for someone looking for seven seats in a good-looking package.
What’s New in the Current Nissan Pathfinder?
Nissan made two important improvements to the 2019 Pathfinder. The first is broader availability of driver assist technologies and convenience features (save for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay).
- Rear Sonar System standard on all trims
- LED headlights standard on SL and Platinum
- Intelligent Cruise Control, Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert standard on SV and above
- USB type-C ports added to all grades (2 USB type-C, 4 USB type-A ports)
- The second big news was the Rock Creek Edition. This version of the Pathfinder is a nod to the truck’s rugged past.
The Rock Creek Edition is available on SV and SL grades in two-wheel and four-wheel drive. It also has two additional equipment packages and comes in seven different exterior colors.
The Rock Creek Edition gets a black grille, door handles, outside rearview mirrors, and roof rails. Unique dark 18-inch rims with all-season tires finish off the look.
Interior changes include a two-tone seating surface with high-contrast stitching on the seats, door, console lid and steering wheel. Premium metallic interior trim completes the look.
Functionally, the two-wheel and four-wheel versions of the Rock Creek Edition features best-in-class 6,000 pound towing and a standard trailer to hitch and harness.
Nissan blessed the truck with its own Technology package. The SV Rock Creek Edition Tech Pack includes NissanConnect with navigation, SiriusXM Traffic, NissanConnect Services, heated cloth front seats, heated steering wheel, and heated outside rearview mirrors.
An SL Rock Creek Edition Premium Package adds a Bose 13-speaker audio system and a power panorama moonroof. At just $995, the Rock Creek Edition is a great way to stand out in the crowded SUV space.
What Does the Nissan Pathfinder Compete With?
The Pathfinder sells into a crowded space with a lot of choices. The major market leaders include:
- Toyota Highlander
- Toyota 4Runner
- Honda Pilot
- Ford Explorer
- Chevrolet Traverse
- Hyundai Palisades (new for 2019)
- Kia Telluride (new for 2019)
Buyers have a bevy of options so it’s worth spending some time to figure out what vehicle is right for you and your needs. Many of these vehicles look like they’re off-road capable. The reality is most are on a car platform with minimal capabilities.
The third row is only useful if it is easily accessible and seats people larger than pre-teens. Nissan touts its second-row tilt and glide system for third row access. Be sure to test the ease of functionality at the dealership. Everyone is different in this regard.
Exterior Design of the Nissan Pathfinder
The current Pathfinder has a strong front end with a skid plate for that off-road look. The Rock Creek Edition moves the needle even further towards “rugged.” But the swooping lines of the Pathfinder’s side hint at its car roots and are reminiscent of the Nissan Murano.
The dramatic headlights house LED daytime running lights. Roof rails and a body-colored rear spoiler are standard. Dual power outside mirrors with LED turn signal indicators are also on all models.
In the rear, an optional option-activated liftgate is standard on the SL and platinum trims.
Optional features include
- LED headlights
- Rear privacy glass
- Motion activated liftgate
- Panoramic moon roof
- Fog lights
The Rock Creek Edition adds drama with numerous black accents.
Interior Style in the Nissan Pathfinder
The interior of the Pathfinder is a combination of premium and family-friendly adventure. The dash is anchored by an 8-inch touchscreen display for the NissanConnect system. There are user-friendly dials to complement the touchscreen, but adds to a busy looking center console.
Eight cup holders and six bottle holders keep everyone hydrated. Eight cargo net tie-downs are in the rear cargo area, which also has under-floor storage.
The materials used throughout are durable and similar to other competitors. The Rock Creek Edition’s two-tone seats add flair and interest.
Third row access is key for family vehicles. All Pathfinders have Nissan’s easy-access system. The second row is a 60/40 split fold-flat bench. The second row outer seats have the LATCH system. They also tilt and glide forward for access to the back.
The third row is a 50/50 split fold flat with recline, perfect for fitting taller people.
Cargo in the back is good but not best-in-class. Some report that the second row seats don’t fold completely flat, hampering utility. Nissan reports nearly 80 feet of cargo space, and a clever underfloor area to keep valuables out of sight.
What Technology Comes in the Nissan Pathfinder?
The in-dash Advanced Drive-Assist display toggles through different screens. These including trip computer, rear-seat reminder, turn-by-turn navigation, and Bluetooth audio. When equipped, the display also shows four-wheel-drive torque distribution.
NissanConnect supports Alexa and Google, but inexplicably not Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a big miss in this competitive market.
The app provides remote access such as door lock/unlock, remote engine start/stop, remote horn/lights, and parked car finder.
Emergency services are also available, such as automatic collision notification, emergency calling, and roadside assistance.
Customizable alerts are also available. These include notifications if the driver exceeds a set speed limit, if the car is driven outside a set boundary, or past a curfew. In valet mode, you’ll be notified if the car is driven outside a set radius.
Finally, there’s convenience services as well. Journey planning, connected search, and destination assistance are all part of NissanConnect.
The Pathfinder is divided into three ones for entertainment. Up front, the driver and passenger enjoy music. The second row can play video games, watch movies, plug in laptops, all using the dual 8-inch monitors. The entire system can be controlled through the dash.
What Safety Features are in the Nissan Pathfinder?
The Pathfinder base model S is rich with safety features including advanced air bags, vehicle dynamic control, and traction control systems. Automatic emergency braking and intelligent cruise control is standard. Upper trim levels add blind spot warning and rear cross traffic alert.
A 360 degree bird’s eye view park assist camera system is also available,
The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder is a Top Safety Pick from IIHS.
What is the Nissan Pathfinder Like to Drive?
The Pathfinder is a large vehicle, and sometimes drives like one. The 3.5-liter engine and 284 horses power the Pathfinder down the road with decent acceleration. The CVT is one of the better examples of a technology still in need of perfecting.
Driving dynamics are appealing for this type of vehicle. Braking is good, providing confident stopping in typical driving conditions.
Through turns, the 7-passenger SUV can lean a bit, but it doesn’t feel messy. It just feels big. Stability control helps keep the Pathfinder honest.
There is a selector knob in the center for two-wheel-drive, four-wheel lock, and four-wheel automatic. But ground clearance of just 7 inches can limit off road utility.
The front-wheel-drive version gets fuel economy of 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway. All-wheel-drive sees 19 mpg city, 26 highway. The V6 engine is mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which simulates gear shifts to moderate effect.
Should I Buy a Current Nissan Pathfinder?
The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder is a great family car, offering a host of safety features and technology. With room for seven, it’s ideal for mid to larger households. With its 6,000 pound towing capacity, pulling a small boat or trailer is not out of the question.
Should I Buy a Used Nissan Pathfinder? Are There Any I Should Avoid? Nissan covers the Pathfinder with a 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty. The drivetrain is covered for five years and 60,000 miles. If you want a pre-owned Pathfinder, consider getting one from 2015 or newer. The current redesign offers features and benefits not available on older years.
Through its dealership network, Nissan offers a certified pre-owned program that checks out used vehicles. This provides additional reassurances through a 167-point inspection of the vehicle. Nissan also offers a 7-year/100,000 mile limited powertrain warranty and roadside assistance.
How Much Does the New Nissan Pathfinder Cost?
Two-wheel-drive Pathfinders start with a base “S” of $31,430. The SV adds helpful technology features and goes for $34,270. The 2019 special edition Rock Creek Edition SV moves up to $35,265. The SL adds two rows of leather seats and some other treats for $37,920. The Rock Creek Edition of the SL bumps to $38,915.
The Platinum two-wheel-drive requires a big jump up to $42,770 and adds heated and cooled seats, Bose premium audio, a huge panoramic moonroof, a tow-hitch, and 20” aluminum alloy wheels.
The SL is a smart value choice. If weather is a concern, add the all-wheel-drive to any model for $1,690. A destination fee of $1,045 is applied to all 2019 Nissan Pathfinder sales.
Pros and Cons of the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder
- Family friendly interior
- Good engine power
- Seating for seven passengers
- Lacks Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- Continuously variable transmission
- Style may not appeal to all
The History of Nissan Pathfinder: 33 Years of Pathfinder
Nissan first launched the Pathfinder name in 1986 as a two-door body-on-frame SUV. It was seen as a direct competitor to the Toyota 4Runner, Jeep Cherokee, Ford Bronco, and Chevy Blazer.
A four-door variant came into the market in 1989. In 1990, the two-door version was phased out. The first generation ran through 1995. In 1996, a second generation launched, and Nissan also revealed the Infiniti QX4 as a luxury version of the Pathfinder. Nearly ten years later in 2005, a completely redesigned third generation was released and production of U.S. models moved to Tennessee.
The current Pathfinder was again completely redesigned. It debuted in 2013 and moved to a unibody platform, making it more car-like. In 2015, the Pathfinder was briefly offered in a hybrid, but was discontinued after just one year due to slow sales. The hybrid version cost nearly $3,000 more but offered just four miles per gallon more.
Specs & Key Features of the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder
- Body Style
- Sport Utility
- 3.5L DI V6
- 284 hp
- Xtronic CVT
- Passenger Doors
- Passenger Seating
- Front Wheel Drive
- City MPG
- Hwy MPG
- Air Conditioning
- Back Up Camera
- Cruise Control
- LCD Monitor
- Remote Keyless Entry
- Tinted Glass
- Engine: 3.5L DI V6
- Transmission: Xtronic CVT
- 5.25 Axle Ratio
- GVWR: 5,986 lbs.
- Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode and Oil Cooler
- Front-Wheel Drive
- 63-Amp/Hr Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
- 150 Amp Alternator
- Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
- Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
- Electro-Hydraulic Power Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
- 19.5 Gal. Fuel Tank
- Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
- Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
- Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
- 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
- Brake Actuated Limited Slip Differential
- Wheels: 18" x 7.5 J Machined Aluminum-Alloy -inc: Medium metallic gray finish
- Tires: 235/65R18 All-Season
- Steel Spare Wheel
- Compact Spare Tire Stored Underbody w/Crankdown
- Clearcoat Paint
- Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Chrome Rub Strip/Fascia Accent and Chrome Bumper Insert
- Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Chrome Rub Strip/Fascia Accent and Chrome Bumper Insert
- Black Bodyside Cladding
- Black Side Windows Trim, Black Front Windshield Trim and Black Rear Window Trim
- Chrome Door Handles
- Body-Colored Power Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
- Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
- Deep Tinted Glass
- Variable Intermittent Wipers
- Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
- Lip Spoiler
- Black Grille w/Chrome Surround
- Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
- Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
- Roof Rack Rails Only
- Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
- Radio: AM/FM/CD Audio System w/NissanConnect -inc: 6 speakers, 8" color display w/multi-touch control, HD Radio, SiriusXM satellite radio, USB connection ports (2 type A) for iPod interface and other compatible devices, SiriusXM Travel Link (weather, fuel prices, movie listings, stock info and sports), Bluetooth hands-free phone system and streaming audio via Bluetooth
- Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System
- Window Grid And Fixed Antenna
- 2 LCD Monitors In The Front
- Front Bucket Seats -inc: 6-way manual driver's seat w/2-way manual lumbar support and 4-way manual front passenger seat
- Driver Seat
- Passenger Seat
- 60-40 Folding EZ Flex Split-Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat w/Manual Fore/Aft
- Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
- Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
- Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
- Fixed 50-50 Bench Cloth 3rd Row Seat Front, Manual Recline, Manual Fold Into Floor and 2 Fixed Head Restraints
- Front Cupholder
- Rear Cupholder
- Proximity Key For Push Button Start Only
- Valet Function
- Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
- Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
- Voice Activated Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
- Rear HVAC w/Separate Controls
- HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts, Headliner/Pillar Ducts and Console Ducts
- Illuminated Locking Glove Box
- Driver Foot Rest
- Interior Trim -inc: Piano Black Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look/Piano Black Door Panel Insert, Piano Black Console Insert and Chrome/Metal-Look Interior Accents
- Full Cloth Headliner
- Cloth Door Trim Insert
- Urethane Gear Shift Knob
- Cloth Seating Surfaces
- Day-Night Rearview Mirror
- Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Auxiliary Mirror
- Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
- Front And Rear Map Lights
- Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
- Full Carpet Floor Covering
- Carpet Floor Trim
- Cargo Area Concealed Storage
- Cargo Space Lights
- FOB Controls -inc: Windows
- Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
- Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Down
- Delayed Accessory Power
- Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
- Systems Monitor
- Trip Computer
- Outside Temp Gauge
- Analog Display
- Seats w/Cloth Back Material
- Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
- Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest w/Storage
- 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
- Perimeter Alarm
- Engine Immobilizer
- 2 12V DC Power Outlets
- Air Filtration
- Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) w/Traction Control System (TCS) Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
- ABS And Driveline Traction Control
- Side Impact Beams
- Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
- Rear Parking Sensors
- Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
- Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
- Curtain 1st, 2nd And 3rd Row Airbags
- Airbag Occupancy Sensor
- Rear Child Safety Locks
- Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
- RearView Monitor Back-Up Camera